Local Information Utility

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The Local Information Utility products and services is a dynamic, cost effective and user friendly web based application to assist local governments in managing and distributing their location based intelligence information.

Leap forward quickly to today's GIS and IT technology using our LIU for local government administrators. Using our expertise and the power of Esri GIS and Vmware IT technologies you can be connected anywhere, anytime, on any device. See your entire location based assets in one common picture.

LIU admin is directly connected with our public facing interface and the public can map and report issues in real time notifying staff by email and/or text messaging. Our user friendly online editing features empowers staff to create, maintain, and distribute their entire GIS system.

The Applications have a fully functional help section to guide you along the great features included with LIU.

Local governments priority is the efficient and cost effective delivery of services for their citizens. Our dynamic LIU for the public helps to keep citizens informed with the latest information at their fingertips. This dramatically reduces time that staff process information requests. Local businesses like real estate, engineers, construction, and others can prepare the information they need before they request services.


In real time, the public can let local government know when issues surface that require immediate attention. From potholes to clogged drains and everything in between the right people will know about it!


For more information, head over to our Geomapix Gateway product division.


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The former Annapolis District Planning Commission (ADPC) was in need of having their archaic ArcIMS web application updated.  We worked together with them to massage their GIS data so that it could be easily incorporated into a new ArcGIS Server system.  Everything is now complete and the three towns (Annapolis Royal, Bridgetown, Middleton) are enjoying the use of a brand new Esri Flex application.  The planning technician can securely login to our data center and work on the GIS direclty, thereby altering the web application in real time.  Check out the public version of the site here:  www.avliu.ca/publicview

Community Mapping

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Community Mapping is a collaborative approach to Volunteered Geographic Information.  The basic premise is to allow the general public to contribute information on an online map for everyone to see.  

Our definition of community mapping is to identify and locate information about our communities, place them on a map to share with others about our historical, social, cultural and economic locations and to update the information that we collect about our communities.

Our collaborative public and private sector team of technical experts role is to assist communities by developing the databases, base mapping, web map interface, data management tools and provide training and support so they can become "neo-geographers". The community's role is to collect those assets, stories, photos, social media and information to be the content for the map. In many communities this local knowledge can be lost if we do not begin to capture it for future generations and we can use this community generated information to better understand and promote our communities!


This project is ongoing and involves  LGS IncAnnapolis valley ComputersSnowbound Studios, and , NSCC Applied geomatics Research Group.  Visit the community mapping website and check out the live public beta of the application.

4 Site Group

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LGS Inc has been subcontracting for 4Site Group for several years. Our role began with creating land-use maps (zoning and generalized future land-use) for several towns in the province and has since progressed into more varied and complex work. Preliminary site plan maps for new constructions and digital elevation modelling have been well received and continue to show that LGS Inc has the ability to evolve and engage in new and challenging projects with confidence and clarity.


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LGS Inc was chosen to spatially capture the groomed snowmobile trail network in Nova Scotia. Field data acquisition is now complete - over 4000 kilometers were captured using a combination of ATVs and snowmobiles.

Local club guides were instrumental in reaching this goal. Their commitment of time and resources was greatly appreciated.

The focus now turns to map production, data storage and future integrity, continued liaising and a web map application accessed through the GEOMAPIX gateway.


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Property Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) was maintaining an oepn-source web mapping platform application dealing with a contingency plan for the Confederation Bridge, PEI.  It was time to move this application forward and introduce some new functionality!

We migrated the system to the latest Esri technology and provided PWGSC with advanced functions like online editing of their data and embedded marine traffic locations.  Needless to say they are pleased with the map and will benefit from up-to-date information for years to come.

All Terrain Vehicle Association of Nova Scotia

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LGS Inc developed a GIS System to inventory all ATV trails throughout Nova Scotia. In addition to the GIS System, LGS Inc has produced a folded map for several ATV club trail networks throughout the province. ATVANS was able to offer local businesses advertising that paid for the map design and product.

Municipality of Digby

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During the summer of 2012 we are designing the Municipality of the County of Digby's GIS system.  Since the foundation of a good GIS is good data, we are concurrently managing a GPS data collection campaign via a summer student from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS).  Focusing on public works infrastructure, recreation assets and streetlights the student will be kept quite busy in the field.  Toward the end of the summer we will begin assembling the data and getting it ready for online display.  Once this phase is completed users will be able to see Digby's assets, query, analyze, edit, and more...all from any computer connected to the internet.

Applied Geomatics Research Group

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AGRG approached LGS Inc to create web map applications to demonstrate the functionality of web map applications and how they can help communities showcase and share their points of interest. One application focused on local artisan information in the Annapolis Valley, NS. Data was gathered, compiled and displayed on the web using ArcGIS Server 9.3 thereby allowing the public to access and query information about local artisans.

The second web map application involved the creation of a database to store scientific data/measurements collected over several years. This data was spatially enabled through linking it with its corresponding geometry. Specialized tools were then coded into the application to allow custom search functions and allow easy and fast access to specific information.

From Old to New - Local Government GIS

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LGS Inc migrated a local municipal governments GIS from ArcView GIS 3.2 to ArcGIS Desktop 9.3. This process involved batch file manipulation such as projecting and importing data into the new ESRI standard for data storage - the File Geodatabase. A complete GIS migration has brought this municipality into the 21st century and will allow them to access, share, display and geoprocess GIS data in a streamlined environment.

With 'Phase 1' now complete 'Phase 2' will ensure that non-GIS users at their office can access the geospatial data and perform basic processing tasks and queries through an internet based mapping application.

Phase 2 Update - Nov 2010:

Phase 2 is now ready for a beta release.  Using ESRI ArcGIS Server 10 Standard Workgroup in conjunction with the ESRI Flex API 2.1, LGS Inc has created a functional web application viewer.  The result is a user-friendly application allowing municipal workers to access geographic data and perform simple to complex tasks.  Some of the functionality included: simple search and query, complex spatial search, parcel abutment mailing list, export to PDF, mark-up tool, Google street view integration...

The technology behind this application is the latest and greatest and LGS Inc is certain this web application will be well received.



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Civic addressing is more than community names, street signs and numbers. It is a comprehensive GIS and emergency dispatching system that allows emergency response personnel the ability to get to an emergency situation faster than using the old system.

LGS Inc has developed a relationship with Service Nova Scotia to work with municipal civic coordinators in the Province to Quality Control civic addressing GIS information to ensure the civic address information for each municipality is current and correctly represented in the Nova Scotia Civic Address File (NSCAF) GIS system.

LGS Inc has been the lead contractor since 2004 in developing a civic address GIS quality control system that's unlike anything in the world. LGS Inc is committed to providing accurate and timely quality control measures that help to make the NSCAF GIS system the best it can be!

Valley Waste

LGS Inc was contracted to develop a GIS analysis of the number of commercial, industrial, and residential units there were in the service region. Using GIS, property assessment and civic address information LGS was able to determine the number and more accurately calculate the overall waste management costs.

Western Health Region

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LGS Inc created a series of maps for three health districts in Nova Scotia; Annapolis Valley District Health Authority, Southwest Nova District Health Authority and South Shore District Health Authority.  These health districts had accumulated several years worth of client addresses and wished to view this information graphically.  1000+ addresses were accurately geocoded in order to show the clients' location as well as numerous facilities spread throughout these districts.

The maps allowed the health professionals to discern patterns across a large geography and will help them make more informed decisions.